Peter Collinson (film director)

Peter Collinson (film director)

Peter Collinson (April 1, 1936 – December 16, 1980) was a British film director probably best known for directing the 1969 cult movie "The Italian Job".

Peter Collinson was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire in 1936. His parents, an actress and a musician, separated when he was 2 years old; he was raised by his grandparents. From ages 8 to 14 he attended the Actor's Orphanage in Chertsey, Surrey where he had the chance to write and act in many plays. Noel Coward, who was president of the orphanage at the time, became his godfather and helped him to obtain jobs in the entertainment industry.

In 1954 he was called up for national service and served 2 years in Malaya during the Malayan Emergency.

His early television work included time as a floor manager for the BBC and directing for ATV at Elstree studios where he met Michael Klinger who would offer him the director role on his first film, "The Penthouse". Collinson also worked with Telefís Éireann, the Republic of Ireland's national TV station, and in 1963 he won a Jacob's Award for his production, "The Bomb". ["The Irish Times", "Presentation of television awards and citations", December 4, 1963] He emigrated with his family from the UK to the United States in the mid-1970s.

Peter Collinson died from lung cancer at the age of 44 before "The Italian Job" gained its later cult movie success.


* "The Penthouse" (1967)
* "Up the Junction" (1968)
* "The Long Day's Dying" (1968)
* "The Italian Job" (1969)
* "You Can't Win 'Em All" (1970)
* "Fright" (1971)
* "Straight on Till Morning" (1972)
* "Innocent Bystanders" (1972)
* "The Man Called Noon" (1973)
* "Open Season" (1974)
* "And Then There Were None" (1974)
* "The Spiral Staircase" (1975)
* "Target of an Assassin" (1976)
* "The Sell-Out" (1976)
* "Tomorrow Never Comes" (1978)
* "The House on Garibaldi Street" (1979)
* "The Earthling" (1980)


Other sources

*cite book|author=Field M.|year=2001|title=The Making of the Italian Job|publisher=Batsford|id=ISBN 0-7134-8682-1

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